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Although long restricted by the International Olympic Committee, such protests to a limited extent are now permitted at competitions within the stadium.
Tokyo, Japan — The referee’s whistle rang and the British players glanced at each other and knelt down. The Chilean counterpart knelt on the Sapporo Dome and responded kindly.
An hour later, it was American and Swedish players in Tokyo who participated on Wednesday in an unprecedented unified gesture against racism by the Olympic team.
And at the last women’s soccer match of the day, Australian players Indigenous flag Link your arms before kickoff while your New Zealand counterpart kneels down.
On the first day of the Tokyo Olympics, soccer players were the first to showcase their activities using the Olympic platform.
Such protests within limited parameters, which have long been restricted by the International Olympic Committee, Currently allowed in the game In the stadium.
Unlike sports like the NFL, where players kneel during the national anthem, in soccer it happens just before kickoff.
“This is an opportunity to continue to use our voice and talk about using the platform to intimately influence all of us in different ways,” said US captain Megan Rapinoe, who said the team was in Sweden. Talked about use after losing 3-0 to. The Olympics to tackle social issues.
“We have people from all other teams, from Team USA, from all over the country, from all backgrounds, and literally from all over the world, so I’m obviously everyone maximizing their platform. We encourage you to take advantage of and do the best, especially as Tokyo has been the focus of attention in the coming weeks, so they can probably do so in the world. “
Americans decided earlier this year Stop kneeling during the national anthem. It started in football in 2016, and Rapinoe was encouraged to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, who decided to kneel instead of standing during the national anthem while playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
“We are on the world stage,” Rapinoe said. “Great athletes from all over the world have come together to attract the attention of the world’s media, eyes and people, and they care a lot about themselves.” Here in Tokyo, in terms of sports. Those who are starting over and are very concerned about many other things. “
British players decided to perform the gestures featured in the British Women’s Super League club match last year at a team meeting before flying to Japan.
“We strongly wanted to show support for those affected by discrimination and equality,” said British captain Steph Houghton after defeating Chile 2-0. “It was a proud moment as the Chilean players also knelt down to show how united we are as a sport.”
However, the Chilean national team was caught unaware that their opponent was going to kneel. When they found them kneeling, Chilean defender Daniela Pardo did the same, followed by his teammates.
“It was a problem of out of sync,” said Chilean midfielder Karen Araya. “I couldn’t communicate properly because of the language. The moment I saw English kneel down, we decided to do the same. Of course, we agree with this kind of thing. “
Soccer used to avoid all forms of activity in the match. But after FIFA last year decided that European players would use the match to protest the racial injustice caused by the death of a black man George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white police officer. , Relaxed that policy.
FIFA also told the referee to apply common sense It also allows players to display T-shirts with a message against racial discrimination that was previously banned in football, even if it is a matter of social awareness.
The IOC allows gestures of activity only before or after the official start of an event at the Olympic Games, if permitted by the governing body of the sport. The official Olympic website did not mention athletes kneeling on Wednesday.
The podium protests are still off limits, prohibiting repeated fists in black gloves by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
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